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Group Discussion (GD) Topics
B-schools use several types of GDs to test the applicants. While there are some GDs that test the knowledge of a candidate on a topical issue, others are designed to test the ‘lateral thinking’ of candidate. Another type of GD comes in form of a short ‘case-study’ where applicants are asked to analyze a situation and frame responses. Yet another type of a GD is a ‘group exercise’.

GD Topics: Gender bias in portraying Women in Advertisements
Anthropological evidence has revealed that even the humans and the hominids of ancient times had separate roles for men and women in their societies, and this relates to the concepts of epistemology...Read more
Group Discussion Tips
Group Discussion (GD) is an important part of final admission round for MBA/PGDM after getting shortlisted by the B school. A few IIMs, MDI conduct GD along with Personal Interview in the final admission round while SPJIMR Mumbai prefers Group Interviews.

Healthy debate among 8-12 candidates in a specified time period of 12-15 minutes is the Group Discussion round. The strong exchange of opinions on a given topic with logical and thoughtful arguments is supposed to be an indicator of your leadership qualities, judgement of knowledge domain and communication skill. Out of these 8-12 candidates, selection is bestowed on one or two while others get eliminated either due to their inadvertent mistakes or because they are not aware about the rules of the game.
- To emerge a winner in GD round a candidate should speak after getting a grasp on the given topic.
- Irrelevant speaking is not good.
- You should be audible enough during the course of discussion without losing your confidence.
- Express your ideas at length. If you simply follow the other speaker or his ideas, remember your elimination is imminent
- Don’t begin speaking till you gather thoughts
- When you speak you should speak to the point without any ambiguity of thought.
- Don’t crisscross your ideas. The topics given in Group Discussion are debatable, you might like to speak for or against the topic and while speaking you forget that you are crossing your own lines. It gives a bad impact and you are judged a person who has no stand for his own thought.
- Don’t be a part of fish market, be audible....Read more
Group Discussion (GD) Preparation
GD Preparation should begin along with your CAT preparation and immediately after the written exam is over, you should focus on preparing for Group Discussion round which commands high weightage in final selection round.

- To prepare for a group discussion, keep track of happenings around the world.
- Being aware of current affairs and issues and happenings, which affect our lives, however remotely, shows a well-rounded personality.
- As a team player, your ability to lead and play in team is measured in the GD. Make a habit of reading English newspapers and magazines, watch interesting documentaries and profiles on television to get a wider perspective on issues.
- Group Discussion topics can be from a wide range of issues. It could be a topic on current events, business news, sports or anything very general. The wider your reading interests, the better prepared you will be to face the group discussion...Read more
Toppers Mantra
Subham Bhowmick
CAT 2015 99.46 percentile & NITIE student who faced GD round at MDI and NITIE shares his experience...Read more
Abhishek Agarwal
CAT 2015 topper with 99.34 percentile and student of PGDM 2016-18 batch at IMI New Delhi...Read more
B-Schools Using Group Discussion (GD)
- XLRI, Jamshedpur
- IIFT Delhi
- MDI Gurgaon
- NITIE Mumbai
- JBIMS, Mumbai
- NMIMS, Mumbai
- IMI Delhi
- XIM, Bhubaneshwar
- TAPMI Manipal
- BIMTECH, Greater Noida ... Read More
Important Dates
Group Discussion (GD) round at almost all the top B-schools will begin the second week of February and will go upto end of March, 2017.

Exact dates are yet to be announced by the top B-schools and will be available after declaration of their written exam results. ... Read More
My Group Discussion (GD) Experiences
MDI Gurgaon Final admission round consists of Group Discussion followed by Personal interview and has no specific WAT component in final admission round, although 5 minutes are awarded to GD participants to write the proceedings of GD in 100 words. Find below the details of Group discussion round at MDI Gurgaon campus held after the Holi festival in the month of March.... Read More